Training / Education
Explore education resources available in Maricopa County and gain new skills, enhance existing skills, or translate skills learned in the military to civilian jobs through the Maricopa Community Colleges, Maricopa Skill Center, Maricopa Workforce Connections and Maricopa County Library District. To fulfill higher education goals, visit the websites of Arizona’s universities which are listed below.
The Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC) have a long history of providing education and training to veterans and those on active duty who are seeking to gain new skills, enhance existing skills, and translate skills learned in the military for use in the civilian world. Maricopa Community Colleges offer services designed to provide the highest quality assistance to our veterans and their families.
MCC Veteran Services Offices can help you apply for education benefits and enroll in one of their 10 colleges. In addition, the colleges will assist you with:
- Academic Advising
- Career Services
- Disability Resources and Services
- Financial Aid
- Scholarship Opportunities
- Tutoring Services
The Maricopa Workforce Connections (MWC) team is available to provide specialized, comprehensive services specifically for you and your family. Their Veterans Center(s) ensures that area veterans and their families have the tools and resources they need and deserve to succeed. Veterans can obtain personalized one-on-one vocational assistance in the MWC Veterans Center(s). Along with a number of employment assistance services, MWC offers job readiness training, skill and aptitude assessments, financial assistance for local training/education programs, and assistance translating military education and training to civilian credits.
The Maricopa Skill Center is a hands-on training center designed to prepare students with the skills they need to start a career. Their goal is employment for students through hands-on, competency-based training developed by employers. Upon completion of training, students possess all the workplace skills desired by employers. Maricopa Skill Center is an approved site for Veterans to utilize their G.I. Bill benefits. Veteran Affairs certifying officials assist students in applying for their educational benefits.
The Maricopa County Library District offers a wide range of physical and digital materials to assist with training, learning new or improving current skills, as well as computer access for job assistance, research and databases. Library cards are free for Maricopa County Residents and provide access to materials and services.
What Do You Want To Do Next For A Living?
My Next Move for Veterans (O*Net) is a U.S. Department of Labor tool that allows veterans to convert their military classification codes to civilian careers with similar work.
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs – GI Bill
The official GI Bill site provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers assistance choosing a school, applying for benefits, or accessing other tools to better equip veterans with understanding their benefits needs.